Planning continues on the City of Storm Lake's 2002 Street Improvement Project, which includes the reconstruction of North Lake Avenue and work on Shoreway Road and West 4th Street.
The cost estimate for the project is $1,291,237. Bids will be presented to the city council at its next meeting on April 1, according to City Engineer Jim Winterton.
The project includes the reconstruction of the south half of North Lake Avenue, from Milwaukee to just south of 12th Street, and the replacement of several water mains along the route. The other portion of the project is for replacing Shoreway Road/West 4th Street from Northwestern Drive to Barton Street.
In other city news:
* The Storm Lake City Council approved plans for the upcoming Lake Trail project this week at its meeting.
The project calls for the widening of the Lake Trail from Hudson Street to Grand Avenue. It would include replacing the current sidewalk with 8-foot wide sections and would extend the trail through Circle Park.
No one was present for a public hearing on the plans for the Lake Trail project. Administrative Services Director Justin Yarosevich said one person telephoned and suggested using asphalt instead of concrete for the project to make the path more friendly to runners.
* The council authorized the submission of several grants for projects around Storm Lake.
The first is for a 1,000-gallon pumper truck for the fire department. If received, it would be to replace a 33-year old pumper truck, which is scheduled for replacement in the city's capitol improvement plan.
The total cost of the truck would be $273,000. The city would have to provide $27,300, with the FEMA grant covering the rest, said Public Safety Director Mark Prosser.
The fire department applied for the grant last year, but did not receive it. It is highly competitive, Prosser said, with close to $1 billion requested last year alone.
This year FEMA is making available $360 million in the Assistance to Firefighters Grant Program.
* The Airport Commission was also given permission by the city council to seek a grant to re-roof the old Chautauqua Building, which is now used as a hangar at the airport.
The grant is through the aviation division of the Iowa Department of Transportation, and would provided $17,500 of the total $25,000 renovation costs. The other $7,500 would be provided by the city.
The current roof is between 25 and 30 years old and leaking, according to Yarosevich.